This restaurant has ceased trading.
- Opening times Mon 5pm–1am; Tue–Sat noon–1am; Sun 12.30pm–1am.
- Bar open Mon 5pm–1am; Tue–Sat noon–1am; Sun 12.30am–1am
- Website www.shebeenbar.co.uk
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This review is taken from the 2012 edition.
This themed watering-hole brings a sun-drenched slice of South Africa to the shores of Leith. The interior is a slick re-imaging of a bustling hothouse, once the beating heart of local townships throughout the African continent. Leathery fabrics, animal skins and rustic polished woodwork keep the décor relevant. An imported drinks selection pushes Klipdrift brandy, Castle lager and 7 Giraffes ale to the forefront and ensures that Shebeen sticks to its roots. The bar is well-equipped to show major sporting events, with screens set up in a way that means drinkers who are uninterested in the match need not be bothered. Recent forays towards a full South African food menu have been promising. ‘Braai’ nights allow customers to pick and choose from an all-you-can-eat selection of barbequed boerewors, chicken, lamb chops, mielie pap and salads for just £12.95. They have proven so popular they look set to become a Sunday-night feature.
- High point: Creative South African cocktail selection
- Low point: Has yet to build up a band of regulars
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
- Provides: Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- House wine: £13.95 per bottle